Blu-Ray/DVD Review: Batman And Harley Quinn (Warner)

Poison Ivy and Dr. Jason Woodrue aka The Floronic Man stole important information that could lead to the death of humanity. Batman and Nightwing are on the case to stop […]

Poison Ivy and Dr. Jason Woodrue aka The Floronic Man stole important information that could lead to the death of humanity. Batman and Nightwing are on the case to stop the two mean green villains from unleashing mayhem. But in order to stop the mayhem, that need someone with enough chaos to counter it. Who else better for the job to help Batman and Nightwing counter such mayhem other than Harley Quinn.

Cast: Kevin Conroy as Batman speaks for itself. He does a good job after all these years of voicing Batman since his start within the 90s Timm/Dini/Abnett Batman: The Animated Series. But for this movie, it feels like Conroy is allowed to be in his natural element than what he was allowed to do In The Killing Joke. Other than that, there are no complaints there.

Loren Lester as Nightwing: Lester returning to voice as Nightwing is a sight for sore eyes. It’s as if time has never gone by since his time voicing as Robin/Nightwing from the original animated series. He does a good job and is able to deliver his lines with well-timed humor.

Melissa Rauch as Harley Quinn is actually a good appropriately runner-up to Arleen Sorkin than Tara Strong. Tara Strong is a fantastic voice actress, but her version of Harley Quinn just never quite fit the tone as Arleen Sorkin did. But Melissa Rauch’s performance doesn’t feel forced, it feels natural. In a way that feels complementary to Sorkin’s iconic voice work that made Harley that Brooklyn sounding crazy gal of Gotham that viewers have adored for years. Rauch has made a great impression and would be great to hear return again should Timm and company do another Harley related project.

Paget Brewster voices Poison Ivy and does a humorous job with her character. But there are moments where she doesn’t have much to do besides being comedic relief.

Kevin Michael Richardson’s role as the Floronic Man is pretty witty and humorous as well. Although his character doesn’t leave too much of an impression than most Batman villains, Richardson does make due with his role and delivers some clever lines and moments. Unfortunately, there isn’t much more beyond that for his role.

To see the animation style of Bruce Timm return along with a return to the classic Batman: The Animated Series universe is great to see. This movie is a love letter to both Batman and Harley Quinn. There are references to a ton of DC Comics content ranging from the Adam West Batman ‘66 to 80’s /90’s comics references of Batman history. The best thing about this film is a good balance between action and humor. The film is very much in line with the classic DCAU content that it stems from. The film makes due with a lot of its content without restriction of going in places that make it feel very much like the classic animated series, while also feeling mature and fresh without going overboard, overtly dark and bland.

Thankfully, this film it doesn’t do that and allows for it to be a self-aware fun filled animated movie that could be enjoyed by Batman fans young and old and find appreciation for it. Although this film is definitely not for kids. It’s more in line for teenage/ adult audiences due to the kinds of jokes, gestures, and scenes that wouldn’t pass as something suitable for most audiences who are looking for something else that isn’t with the kind of Bruce Timm sorta humor. Harley Quinn is definitely the show stealer of this film. There are some funny scenes within the film that she takes the lead on, although Batman and Nightwing have their fair share of humorous scenes and delivery as well. Although, there will be some controversy due to some decisions of certain scenes and plot points. Although personally for me, for this film, it was fine where as for The Killing Joke Batman/Batgirl scene wasn’t that likable for me. But for this film, the dialogue, and plot were all suitable and fun without being too cringe worthy or somewhat odd as that Batgirl/Batman scene from Killing Joke.

The fighting choreography within the style of Bruce Timm is rendered really well and compliments Timm’s character designs. They move almost fluidly when it concerns fight scenes that require a more simpler style that allows for that kind of effect.

Admittedly this film is more like a one shot comic. It’s not afraid to embrace what it is, being a fun, humorous adventure that is filled with jokes, humor, and minor raunch. But this film will definitely leave some fans divided due to it being on the level of the series Batman The Animated Series in regards to the serious episodes. The movie is more in line with the funny, self-contained stories. If anything, this movie falls in line to be like a funny episode of the animated series. Personally, for me, this is an enjoyable film to watch. If you’re a fan of Bruce Timm, and Batman, you’ll enjoy this movie. But if you’re a fan of the more serious kind of Batman content, this may not be the movie for you.

Batman and Harley Quinn arrives August 29, 2017 as the first Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($44.98 SRP) release of a DC Universe Original Movie; Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 SRP), featuring an exclusive Harley Quinn figurine; Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP); and DVD ($19.98 SRP). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film. Batman and Harley Quinn comes to Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) on August 15, 2017.

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